Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>
Sharon Barragan has a soft spot for white rappers--so sue her. While often derided as novelties who rarely last in the hip-hop game, there's something about these artists and their anglo flow that the comedienne can't stay away from. Since the dawn of the 90s, there's been quite a few that have mad ... More >>
2Mex's fan base will destroy you. Just look what they did to that deer.2Mex is the kinda guy who likes to put his money where his mouth is. Two months before the November release of his new album, My Fan Base Will Destroy You (on Sage Francis' label, Strange Famous Records), this vetera ... More >>
www.myspace.com/sagefrancisYou, too, can watch Sage Francis live...for free! So this is an exciting day for Free Ticket Tuesdays--we got a whole list of shows to give away tickets to today, and THEY ARE ALL STELLAR. I kid you not, I wish I could clone myself so I could watch all of these shows wi ... More >>
B. Dolan and Sage Francis...how'd you like to be staring at this from the front row?Rapping politicos Sage Francis and B. Dolan have a lot in common. They're both from Rhode Island--one of (if not the most) pissed off states in the Union. They both spit wickedly educational f ... More >>
Spoken word artist Sage Francis is coming to Pomona's Glass House next week; better brush up on your Sage Francis knowledge by listening to his newest set, Li(f)e, now streaming on MySpace.
Though we haven't written too much about them lately, we've recently gotten wise to the fact that Long Beach's Free Moral Agents have a lot of new genre-bending, eclectic gems waiting to be downloaded.
A certain music festival and conference held annually in the sleepy hamburg of Austin, Texas announced their initial slate of performers this year, and there's not an Orange County or Long Beach band among them. We had several acts in last fall's CMJ Music Marathon, so this is kind of a bummer. Keep ... More >>
Hosted by the Murrs, the festival had Sage Francis, Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, Jedi Mind Tricks, Living Legends, Yak Ballz and plenty more....
After Kicking Drugs, Taylor Smith Now Kicks Inspirational Verses
Bookmobile's bicoastal beats and bytes; Ninja Tune bounces back
Sporting perhaps the greatest hip-hop bill ever, Rock the Bells enshrines rap's history—and foreshadows its future
What: The Death Dance Tour When: Saturday June 16 Where: The Glass House, Pomona Maybe this should be called the Scions of Anticon Tour (although Alias still records for the Oakland underground-hip-hop label). He and anticon alumni Buck 65 and Sage Francis are now seasoned vets of the stage and the ... More >>
Rural Canadian MC Buck 65 goes against the grain
Summer concerts/festivals to heat the beat
Murs and Lisa Bonet make for some real Atmosphere
Nightlife and more
Oct. 27-Nov. 3